(Rick Becker – Famine In The Land) We live in an age where the gospel is hardly recognizable in the visible church. The proliferation of false teachers and false doctrines have produced hordes of false converts, and sadly, thousands of ignorant believers who are deceived in certain areas. In this post, we’ll examine a few of the false assumptions held by many in the visible church. The false teachings of the New Apostolic Reformation, Word of Faith and Prosperity Gospel have contributed to these false assumptions.
1. The assumption that God exists to change your circumstances, make you happy, and give you your best life now.
This assumption is widespread due to the fact that the good news of the gospel – Christ crucified for our sins ( 1 Cor 15:1-5) has been replaced with “good news” that God is a divine appeaser, dishing out dream destinies to his worthy children.
As a result, many are not convicted of sin, but rather convinced by some ear tickling charlatan that Jesus is a path to success and a pain free existence on earth. This “Jesus” isn’t a saviour, but a life coach, a divine business partner, a romantic heavenly being, a source of power, a means to heal a disease, a path to prosperity.
False teachings like dominion theology and the health and wealth gospel have created the impression that the ultimate Christian life is one devoid of suffering. There’s a formula to ensure all forms of suffering are removed – tithing will solve your financial problems, rebuking the elements will prevent natural disasters, binding the strongman will Christianize cities, infiltrating worldly systems will bring global transformation, social justice will make the world a better place for all, positive declarations and the power of your words will change circumstances, sickness can be rebuked…and so the list goes on. The result is that to a large degree, an individuals circumstances become a spiritual barometer to test their obedience, faith, and general spiritual condition.
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